Introduction: 100% Edible Cannibal Quality Finger Food

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They say idle hands are the devil's playthings, so I find it oddly appropriate that on a day when I had nothing better to do, I made a mold of my own with the sole intent of figuring out how to make the most realistic "finger food" I could. Now it's no secret that there are plenty of 'finger' foods out there, with the majority of them being made from hot dogs. They look good and certainly do the trick, but what if we bring in a different meat...

What if we bring in something truly...devilish?

May I present to you, Deviled Ham.

No, the irony in my use of this ingredient is NOT lost on me.

A staple in my grandmother's cooking arsenal and all too often overlooked in these modern times...

Doesn't that just look..uh..delicious?

But no more! Today we elevate our friend, the potted meat, to more than just a pasty smear on crackers.

Today we transform it into something truly disgustingly delicious.

Step 1:

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I started out by making a full cast of each of the fingers on my left hand using liquid latex Mold Builder. Each finger got approximately six layers of latex. I'd dip each finger, wait for it to dry (I sped it up using a hairdryer on low), and then repeat the process. The entire thing took about 3 hours to complete.

Once fully dry, I slipped off the liquid latex and filled them with plaster of Paris, giving me absolutely perfect duplicate copies of my fingers. Because these are actually directly molded from my own hands, every detail is perfectly captured...including old scars and that slight strange bend in my thumb...and no, I have no idea why it bends like that. Always has.

Because the liquid latex I used to make my copies is NOT food safe, I have to recast them again using food safe silicone.

The plaster copies were then glued to cardboard and fitted into a box. I used Smooth-On Smooth-Sil® 940 (a food grade/food safe 2 part molding silicone) to make a final mold, completely covering my copied digits from top to tip.

For even more information on how to do all this including more thorough directions, I've put together an entire tutorial on how to use Smooth-Sil® 940 to make molds you can use with food here.

Of course, I could have done this all the easy way and just picked up a finger mold online, but what fun is there in that? On top of that, most of the molds online are cartoony and huge. I'm going for realism here.

Once the silicone had cured, the copied fingers removed and the entire thing cleaned and dried, it was time to move onto the actual ingredients.

Step 2: Make Your Meat Slurry

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For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 can of Deviled Ham
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Thin bone sized breadsticks
  • BBQ sauce
  • Red food coloring
  • Brown food coloring

Mixing up the ingredients was relatively simple. A little meat, a little gelatin, and a little water...and that's it!I bloomed the gelatin, added the meat and ended up with a flesh-colored slurry. I poured this meat mix into my mold, popped it into the fridge for 10 minutes and then pulled them back out to add another detail...Who knew breadsticks would make such convincing finger bones? Breaking your breadsticks in half not only makes them the right size for your fingers but also leaves a gory nubbled end that looks even more disgusting.

Back into the fridge and then 45 minutes later...Finger pops!

Getting them out of the mold was relatively easy, with just a tiny bit of extra trimming needing to be done to clean them up. I did lose a tip of a finger but don't think that'll be a problem at all once I'm all finished prepping them.

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Once they were trimmed of the excess flashing left over from the molding process, it was time to move onto giving them some realistic detail. A light wash of brown food color gel adds depth by defining the natural folds and contours of the skin.

Red food gel adds a touch of gore. A few weak spots in the meat where the breadsticks poked through get transformed from an accidental flaw into a gory contusion with little more than a swipe or two of my paintbrush.

A little bbq sauce (with a touch more red food coloring added to help even out the brown tint) and I've got a plate of finger foods ready for a cannibal feast.

Disgusting to look at...and disgustingly delicious to eat! The firmness of the meat and the snap of the breadstick add enough realism to the snack to really make you question for just a second what you're actually eating...

Here are some photos with a cross section to show a bit of the detail.

Bone Appetite!

If you want even more creepy recipes like this for Halloween, swing by my main Instructables page or check out my horror themed food blog, The Necro Nom-nom-nomicon.


Bone appetite!

Comments

snowf7 (author)2017-10-24

Hi Tye Rannosaurus;

Thank-you for the product information. Although most of the information was out of reading range on the right side of my screen, I was able to glean enough of the information to do a search for both products.

I will check for the one at Walmart next time we head out of town. As for the one from Amazon, they range from only $27-$37 but most sites do not want to ship to Canada. I found one that will, but noticed a warning on the box that it can irritate the skin. Now I understand why you went through all the extra steps of first making fingers from cement. Can you tell me what type of cement you used? Also, did you use a less expensive, non-food-grade material to do the first molds of your fingers? If so, where can I find it?
I am looking forward to making these creepy treats, but won't have the supplies in time for this year. Next year will get here quicker than we know. I am invited to a Hallowe'en party this week-end and I already have my supplies for used zombie Q-tips. (toothpicks, mini-marshmallows and caramel for earwax and jam for blood) I am also looking forward to making fried batwings from spring roll wrappers. Again, I have to find some of the supplies out of town but am pretty sure it will be worth the effort.

Thanks again for being so generous with your ideas and so helpful with the locations of supplies.

Vicki

Tye Rannosaurus made it! (author)snowf72017-10-25

Vicki,

To do the first mold I used theatrical latex which you can pick up at most Halloween stores during this season. You can also pick up mold builder at most craft stores and that works as well. I'm attaching a photo of the mold builder here for you as a reference. It's also available through Walmart.com and Amazon.com but not sure about shipping to Canada.

To make the first cast of the fingers, I used plaster of Paris. It sets quickly, and is nice and hard while still being easy to remove from the molds. It's also available through most craft stores and online.

hope this helps!

snowf7 (author)Tye Rannosaurus2017-10-25

Hi Tye;

Thanks again for your reply.

There is a Hallowe-en store in London, Ontario (about a 2 hour drive from here) where I can get the liquid latex. There is also a Michael's store there where I can probably get the food grade silicone for the final mold. The plaster of Paris is something that the local hardware store used to carry but if not I am sure that I can get that at either Michael's or Walmart. A fast drying drywall compound might work and would be more solid. It wouldn't be as apt to break if I dropped a finger. LOL.

Thanks again for being so patient and also for being so generous with your time.

Have a Safe and Happy Hallowe-en;

Vicki

Tye Rannosaurus (author)snowf72017-10-26

Good luck and let me know how they turn out!

snowf7 (author)2017-10-23

This is so creepy. It seems like a lot of pre-work, but once the mould is finished it will be so handy and good for many years of gory fun. It would be nice to have moulds of every family member. The tiniest fingers might need to have the breadsticks replaced with straight, broken, unsalted pretzels. The pretzel ends that are showing could have the shiny coating lightly sanded off to look like bone.

I would really like to try this. Can you buy the liquid latex and the food grade silicone at the local hardware store? I live in a very small town, so finding the products needed would not likely give me enough time to do this for Hallowe-en this year, which is only 8 days away. There is always next year though. :)

Thank-you so much for sharing.

Tye Rannosaurus (author)snowf72017-10-23

That's a great idea! I love the "personalized" idea for each family member.
Unfortunately the silicone is not readily available at the local hardware store. While you can get silicone there that would work, I can't guarantee that it would be food safe. There are two types of food safe silcone you can get. #1 is a 2 part putty you mix by hand and then apply a little bit like clay. It's called Alumilite Amazing Modl Putty. It's available at most JoAnn's and Michael's stores, Amazon and Walmart. Here is a link to the Walmart listing:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Alumilite-Amazing-Mold-Putty-Kit/37715229?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227026019283&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42971653232&wl4=aud-273067695102:pla-81463970792&wl5=9029609&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=37715229&wl13=&veh=sem
Another version of the mold putty is the Easy Mold Silicone Putty. Also food grade. That's on Amazon.com.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JIRJBOW/ref=asc_df_B00JIRJBOW5229782/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395009&creativeASIN=B00JIRJBOW&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198079747122&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9112972295598263599&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029609&hvtargid=pla-350387037516


The second option is the liquid silicone. Again, it's a two-part system. This option is a bit more expensive, but the cost is worth it. The detail you get is absolutely 100% realistic. It's also 100% food safe and lasts forever! Available through Amazon.com and Reynoldsam.com
https://www.amazon.com/Smooth-Sil-Grade-Making-Silicone-Rubber/dp/B00EOA25X2/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1508772845&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=smooth+sil+940

Good luck!


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